Leopards Galore!

Description

3 NIGHTS, 1 STOP, FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS

Puku Ridge Camp, South Luangwa National Park

A great add-on to any Southern Africa visit

Why Sanctuary Puku Ridge camp?

  • Location, location, location! The camp is located on the edge of an escarpment in a private location in the South Luangwa
  • Incredible game viewing from the main areas as well as guest tents
  • Oversized safari tents, all with indoor and outdoor showers
  • Endemic species: Thornicroft’s giraffe and Crawshay’s zebra
  • Night game drives
  • Incredible leopard sightings

Overview

Perched on an escarpment overlooking a floodplain in the South Luangwa National Park, Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp offers stunning vistas with perfect game sighting opportunities.

The panoramic views of Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp are astounding. Built on a hillside, it provides stunning vistas of the floodplain. Lying nestled in a remote game-rich area of the park, lion, leopard, elephant and zebra can frequently be seen. The camp has been constructed to blend into the local surroundings and designed to leave the lowest possible carbon footprint.

Accommodation

Each of the seven safari tents has picture windows and its own viewing deck overlooking the plains where game amble across for a drink of water. Generous and comfortable, each tent has an en suite bathroom with bath tub and shower, as well as an outdoor shower shaded by forest, all stocked with environmentally friendly products for your pure indulgence. Watch the sun rise from your double bed, elephants bathing from the comfort of your bath tub, perhaps even wild dogs making their way across the plains in pursuit of prey from your private viewing deck.

Walking Safaris

Walking is the best way to see the bush around Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp. The South Luangwa is home of the walking safari and it remains the best way to experience the sights and sounds of the bush. Sanctuary’s experienced guides love showing guests the indicators of the wild, ‘rewinding’ the action of the last few hours from just a few small give away signs. See where an elephant stopped to browse, where a leopard scratched a tree or a pangolin rolled into a ball. Accompanied by an armed game scout and taking careful note of the wind to mask any scent. There’s nothing like seeing lion tracks or the giant footprint of an elephant to make guests relish the comforts of camp. The area is home to 60 mammals and over 400 bird species, making it one of the top birding destinations in the world.

Game Drives

Lions and leopards are often seen in the area around the camp, as are buffalo and elephant. For big game like this, guests really need a vehicle to get up close and here in the South Luangwa, travellers have the privilege of going on game drives at night. Guests are always amazed how much can be seen when they go down to the river for sundowner cocktails before leisurely driving back to camp. Bush babies in the trees stand out with their enormous eyes, puku and impala scarcely notice as vehicles pass by. Guests often see hyena and leopard in the early evenings and are able to get very close in Sanctuary Retreats’ specially designed 4 x 4 vehicles. On the open plains below the camp there are always grazing herds of antelope and of course they attract the predators that every guest wants to see.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Flight Lusaka – Mfuwe, Transfer to Sanctuary Puku Ridge

On arrival at Lusaka Airport, make your way to the Proflight counter to check in for your flight to Mfuwe. Flying time is approximately 1 hour. At Mfuwe airport, a Sanctuary representative will meet and transfer you to the lodge.The transfer time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, mostly through the National Park. Puku Ridge Camp is situated in a remote wildlife rich area in the South Luangwa National Park and is named after the Puku antelope that inhabits the floodplain infront of teh camp. This small and intimate bush camp is built on a hillside, combining an authentic safari experience with 5-star facilities. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activity on offer which include morning and evening game drives and walking safaris.Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight:
Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

Day 2 – Sanctuary Puku Ridge

The days are at leisure to enjoy the game viewing activities on offer. Walking is the best way to see the bush around Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp. Sanctuary’s experienced guides love showing guests the indicators of the wild, ‘rewinding’ the action of the last few hours from just a few small give away signs. See where an elephant stopped to browse, where a leopard scratched a tree or a pangolin rolled into a ball. Accompanied by an armed game scout and taking careful note of the wind to mask any scent. There’s nothing like seeing lion tracks or the giant footprint of an elephant to make guests relish the comforts of camp. The area is home to 60 mammals and over 400 bird species, making it one of the top birding destinations in the world. The afternoon might be spent on a game drive that lasts well into the night.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight:
Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

Day 3 – Sanctuary Puku Ridge

The day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. Lions and leopards are often seen in the area around the camp, as are buffalo and elephant. For big game like this, guests really need a vehicle to get up close and here in the South Luangwa, travellers have the privilege of going on game drives at night. Guests are always amazed how much can be seen when they go down to the river for sundowner cocktails before leisurely driving back to camp. Bush babies in the trees stand out with their enormous eyes, puku and impala scarcely notice as vehicles pass by. Guests often see hyena and leopard in the early evenings and are able to get very close in Sanctuary Retreats’ specially designed 4 x 4 vehicles. On the open plains below the camp there are always grazing herds of antelope and of course they attract the predators that every guest wants to see.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight:
Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

Day 4 – Departure

After breakfast a camp representative will transfer you to the Mfuwe airport. The transfer time will be advised to you locally. Depart Mfuwe on Proflight shared light aircraft charter flight to Lusaka

Meals Included: Breakfast

Gallery

  • Puku Ridge Private Deck
  • Puku Ridge Views
  • Puku Ridge Bathroom
  • Puku Ridge Game Drives
  • Puku Ridge Bedroom
  • Puku Ridge Drinks
  • Join us in the Bar!
  • Puku Ridge Viewing Deck
  • Puku Ridge on foot
  • Sundowners with the friendliest smile

Virtual Itinerary

Rates

This offer includes a year round special of Stay 3 Pay 2

Ask us about the Family Offer where children under 15 stay for free

Prices per Person sharing USD
01.09.-31.10.2014 $ 2,165
01.11-20.12.2014 $ 1,630
21.12.2014-05.01.2015 $ 2,165
06.01.15-31.03.2015 Closed
01.04-14.06.2015 $ 1,715
15.06-31.10.2015 $ 2,290
01.11-20.12.2015 $ 1,715
21.12.2015-06.01.2016 $ 2,290

All prices subject to availability

NOTE: Luggage is restricted to 15 kg. Bags must be soft-sided.

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RATES INCLUDE 

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals daily (depending on arrival and departure times)
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
  • Teas and coffees
  • Refreshments while on game viewing drives
  • Laundry
  • Park fees
  • Nature walk, sundowners and game drives from Sanctuary Puku Ridge
  • Transfers and airstrip transfers as stated in itinerary
  • Sceduled flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe return.

 

RATES EXCLUDES

  • Items of a personal nature i.e. Gratuities; premium brand beverages; curios; telephone accounts etc.
  • Visas and travel insurances
  • Bank charges
  • Any other item not mentioned above
  • All optional excursions or activities i.e. spa treatments

 

Please Note

  • Luggage is restricted to 15kg per person in a soft sided bag
  • Depending on the passport you carry a visa may be required to enter Zambia.

 

Please visit http://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm for a full list of nationalities which require visas for entry.